Wednesday, March 25, 2009

RSPB BGBW

The results from the 30th Big Garden Birdwatch were released this morning, with a surprising finding. Having jumped 88% from last year's count Long-tailed Tit has leapt into the Top Ten (admittedly only at 10 but there nevertheless).
Reasons for this increase are suggested as being an adaptation to garden feeding - nuts and seeds rather than insects - as well as two reasonable recent breeding seasons permitting maximum numbers of juveniles to survive year on year.
Although there have been changes since the survey began - woodpigeon and collared dove increasing dramatically - this years results confirm the continuing decline of both House Sparrow and Starling.
Full results can be found at: http://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/results/

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